Getting Serious About God in an Amused World
Are you reverent today? Reverence is feeling the "weight" of God in every part of our life and mind.
The word "glory" as in the Glory of God in the Old Testament is actually the word "heaviness". God is so great, and those who reverence Him feel the weight of His holiness and glory. God is looking for believers who will revere Him, reverence Him, and live a life that shows the glory or weightiness of God touching and affecting every part of their life.
God doesn't shout, nor does He push. He whispers and waits.
God speaks to us through His Word in what the Bible describes as a ‘still small voice'.
The Great Neutralizer
I have been teaching God's Word for over 30 years. I have watched those I teach over these years struggle with "the great neutralizer." When they go home from a Bible study, fellowship, class, or worship service, they sit down in front of the single most powerful mind-altering device on the planet—and within half an hour have forgotten almost everything they had just learned. What is that mind-altering device? The images and powerful messages of today's powerful media: television, MTV, video gaming, the internet and movies!
And what affect does daily media exposure have upon minds? One word—desensitization. Our culture keeps testing the waters and bringing new immoral depths to the screens of America. All the while, those watching are becoming desensitized. When that happens, we are headed away from God.
If your mind is being exposed to constant deadly spiritual viruses via digital media consider this ominous checklist:
· Watch godlessness — it will callous you to not seek godliness.
· Watch sensuality — it will defile you away from holiness.
· Watch violence — it will desensitize you to neglect Christ likeness.
· Watch evil — it will distance you from God.
· Watch worldliness — it will discourage your appetite for God's Word.
· Watch Satan's mind — you will forfeit Christ's mind in you!
Let me affirm and repeat what one pastor from Chicago wrote over ten years ago:
I am aware of the wise warnings against using words like "all," "every," and "always" in what I say. Absolutizing one's pronouncements is dangerous. But I'm going to do it anyway. Here it is:
It is impossible for any Christian who spends the bulk of his evenings, month after month, week upon week, day in and day out watching the major TV networks or contemporary videos to have a Christian mind. This is always true of all Christians in every situation! A biblical mental program cannot coexist with worldly programming.
Today, choose to cultivate the mind God has willed us to have! There has never been a more crucial time for Christ's church, because we now daily face…A Tsunami of Sin.
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